[ubuntu-uk] Webcams again

Tony Pursell ajp at princeswalk.fsnet.co.uk
Fri Aug 12 12:51:36 UTC 2011

On 12 August 2011 12:21, Gordon Burgess-Parker <gbplinux at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 12/08/2011 10:05, Tony Pursell wrote:
>> On Fri, 2011-08-12 at 08:56 +0100, Gordon Burgess-Parker wrote:
>> > I've noticed some dirt cheap webcams in places like Wilkos and B&M for
>> > round about £10 (with microphones). Names are things like Itexet (AFAIR)
>> > Anyone tested these?
>> >
>>        Best is to look for a good deal on a Logitech webcam then go to the
>>        Logitech site and see if it is one of their UVC (USB Video Class)
>>        standard webcams which are fully supported in Linux
>> http://www.quickcamteam.net/**devices<http://www.quickcamteam.net/devices>
>>        I did see a report that someone had done a lot of fantastic work to
>> get
>>        other types of webcams supported, but I would stick to UVC.
>>  I discovered an old Logitech webcam in a cupboard - I /think/ it might be
> a C120 but I don't know - there are no marks on it that I can see.
> I ran Live Cds both for Ubuntu 11.04 and Linux Mint, installed Cheese and
> Skype. Cheese could open the webcam in both, but the latest Skype edition,
> 2.2 beta, although it could see the webcam was there, wouldn't open it, on
> EITHER distros.
> I don't really want to install a distro to my (small) HDD until I can get
> that sorted.
> Is there a problem with the current version of Skype? My Netbook (which is
> currently awaiting a new screen as it got cracked) has a built-in webcam and
> that gets used by Skype OK "OOTB"!
> --

In Skype, click the little S icon at the bottom and select Options > Video
Devices.  What do you see under Select Webcam.  I get 'UVC Camera
(046d:0804) (/dev/video0)' and when I click on the Test Webcam button I get
myself shown (not a pretty sight (-: ).  So what do you get?

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